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Annual DoLS report for Wales

On 22 March 2022, the annual DoLS report for Wales was published. There were 6,111 DoLS applications received by health boards and 9,120 DoLS applications received by local authorities in 2020-21. As in England, these figures were lower than previous years due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) unlikely to start until April 2024, health and social care staff need detailed, practical and up to date guidance on DoLS. A brand new edition of the best selling book Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Handbook by Steven Richards and Aasya F Mughal has recently been published. The DoLS Handbook (2nd edition) is available from or

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